The use of humor in managing couples’ conflict interactions

Janet Alberts

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The importance of conflict processes to both individuals and organizations is reflected in the variety of scholars who choose to examine them. Conflict has been studied by those interested in rhetorical communication (Di Mare, 1987), small groups (Bateman, 1980; Rabbie & Huygen, 1974), organizations (Brett, 1984; Freedman, 1981; Stern, 1971), and personal relationships (Billings, 1979; Canary & Cupach, 1988; Gottman, 1979; Sillars, 1980). This attention to conflict has prompted Fisher and Ury (1981) to refer to conflict as a “growth industry.�? Although it is unlikely that people are more contentious now than in decades past, certainly there has been increased focus by both scholars and popular writers on the causes and consequences of conflict. And of the areas that have served as the focus for this interest, there is perhaps no arena in which the study of conflict can have more impact than the marital dyad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntimates in Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationA Communication Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136477133
ISBN (Print)0805811699, 9780805811698
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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